The Gamla Uppsala Trail takes you more than 10 km from the city and out into nature. Treck up the ancient ridge and come down near the Royal Mounds. If you dare you can go all the way over to the swamp which, according to legend, is the home to a great blood-sucking monster. The trail follows the established paths for the most part but it also takes you onto a few roads and footbridges.

Read more about the trail in the folder.

For information about buses along the trail, see Upplands Lokaltrafik.

Nodes along the Gamla Uppsala Trail

The Linnaean Garden is the botanical garden of Linnaeus, where he cultivated plants for research and teaching purposes. Today you can explore both the house and the restored garden.

At this point lies the start of the Gamla Uppsala Trail. Once on the outskirts of the city, it now lies in the heart of Uppsala. Follow the trail over the plain and up onto the arid ridge, all the way to the mysterious and swaying ”Sjödyn” (tarn). 

The mud beneath your feet is a reminder of the sea. But if you should hear the sound of waves today, it’s probably coming from Fyrishov, a traditional bathing area.

At this location you can soar to new heights! If you manage to reach the summit, you will be rewarded with a new perspective. In the spring, pasque flowers grow in abundance at your feet. You can take a closer look at the particularly shapely specimens all year round. 

These fascinating mounds cannot escape attention in the otherwise flat landscape of Uppsala. The flower meadow of ”Högarna” (the mounds) has been attended to by grazing animals for thousands of years.

Follow the footbridge out to the edge of the moving Sjödyn. If you carefully jump a little on the side of the footbridge you will understand why they call it a quagmire. Have you seen any of the bloodthirsty animals and plants hidden in Sjödyn?